If you’ve been looking at using herbal breast enlargement supplements to gain a larger bust then you have probably got a big number of questions. For most women, there are two main questions that need answering.
“Are they safe?” and “do they work?”
If you’ve spent a few minutes trying to find this information then you may feel a little aggravated at the plethora of pushy sales messages all claiming that their “wonder pills” work. Let’s take a closer look at the facts. Some seem to have positive effects while others have shown some definite side-effects that you’d be best to steer well clear of.
You need to know what is in the pills or creams. Being labeled as a herbal often implies that it is entirely natural which in one aspect is true in that it is derived naturally from a plant source. However there are numerous studies that have shown that certain extracts have some worrying side effects, so let’s outline some key facts to help you when looking.
It seems that some pills contain herbs that “in theory” could increase breast size as they have known estrogen-like effects on the body. However it is important to remember that there are no conclusive proven results to substantiate the claims of any pill manufacturer, although some trials have shown potential.
If too much estrogen develops in the body it can also stimulate growth of tissue in the uterus which could lead to uterine cancer. Let’s look at some of the common ingredients found.
- Dong Quai is a Chinese herb. Taken by a male, it gave him temporary breast tissue enlargement but also encouraged the development of breast Cancer cells in test tubes. Not recommended for people who use blood thinning drugs.
- Blessed Thistle, approved for the treatment of indigestion and loss of appetite. It has no published trials for herbal breast enlargement but is not suitable for a number of people with allergies or pregnant women.
- Fennel Seed is quite interesting in that it does increase the weight of breast tissue, as shown in tests on rats although high doses may lead to higher levels of uterine tissue being produced. Fennel seed has a number of positive side effects such as increased Libido and helps to increase the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers.
- Fenugreek contains diosgenin which can convert to estrogen, but this conversion does not happen naturally in your body. It may have some unpleasant side effects like gas and diarrhea. If you are allergic to peanuts or soybean then beware as this may also affect you.
- Hops, used typically in the brewing process of beer can cause excess drowsiness but does contain 8-prenylnaringenin that has a potency level of 0.2-20% of estradiol that is the main human estrogen, so may be worth a short term trial. Just be aware that it can affect the metabolism of prescription drugs in the liver which you may already be taking for other treatments such as allergies, infections or cancer.
- Pueraria mirifica – Also known as Kwao Kru is found in Thailand. It produces definitive estrogen-like effects in the body but is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women or if you are using oral contraceptives.
- Others include the likes of Saw Palmetto and Wild Yam. There is no reason why Saw Palmetto would work, and it affects the body’s ability to clot blood. Wild Yam consumption in a recent study did show large increases of estrogen when placed in 2 out of 3 meals a day at 390g in those meals. Bovine Ovary extract has no published studies on its effectiveness.